2019 AGM


Wednesday 10th April 2019

The Annual General Meeting of The Sudbury History Society will take place
at 10.00 on the above date at The Scout’s Headquarters in Quay Lane

Membership renewal is due by 30th April 2019. See Membership Form 2019 .

March 2019 Meeting

At our meeting on 13th March 2019, our chairman Barry Wall reminded us that the next meeting would be the AGM of the society, and that membership renewals were due.

He went on to mention a variety of items of current local interest, including

    • Sudbury on Show revealed a demand for evening or weekend meetings. A link with Sudbury Library Users Group was being explored.
    • No excavation took place at the former Walnuttree Hospital site.
    • The site of the former Labour Exchange in Weavers Lane, soon to be part of the Gainsborough House extension, lies on an old Saxon road.
    • Sudbury Town Council is requesting views on possible changes to Market Hill in Sudbury. Barry outlined its history from the fourteenth century, and urged members to submit their opinions.

February 2019 meeting

Sudbury History Society

A Talk by Richard Humphreys on 13th February 2019


“The Leaping Horse” by Constable

Richard Humphreys, art historian, curator and writer has recently published a book on Constable’s painting “The Leaping Horse”.  At today’s talk, he gave us a fascinating insight into Constable’s life and times and painting methods.

He told us about Constable’s life: he was a deeply religious, serious man and conservative in his views.  He used to pray for inspiration in front of his canvases.  He saw nature in a spiritual way.  Churches often feature in his pictures and he even painted some religious altarpieces.  At the time, pictures of landscapes were not so accepted as the art world was dominated by portrait painting and Constable struggled to find his niche.  He was encouraged to persevere and follow in the classical tradition of landscape painting (Claude Lorraine).  It took many years for him to be accepted as a full member of the Royal Academy. Constable made a big impact in France.  He was a big hit with French dealers and was given a Gold Medal at the Paris Salon.   Every year between 1819 and 1825, Constable submitted a large canvas, a so-called “six-footer”, to the Royal Academy for their annual exhibition.

Constable’s paintings were works of the imagination.  He often reworked his canvases to achieve the nostalgic effect he wanted.  Richard Humphreys’ talk was fascinating and has enabled us to look at Constable’s paintings in a new light.

The painting, and more information, can be seen at

January 2019 meeting

Henry Crossman, 1711-1792

Barry gave us a talk about this clergyman who was born in Sudbury and spent much of his life in the area. He was a contemporary of the painter Thomas Gainsborough and Barry wondered whether they knew each other.

From 1760 Henry and his wife lived in the house called St Mary’s in Stour Street. He made many changes to the house.

In 1767 he purchased land in Market Hill, Sudbury, and had a house built for his daughter, who married in 1768. It was the first house in the town to be built entirely of brick. It is now Lloyds Bank.